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Chain of sales: Aretha Franklin music downloads soar following her death


Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesSales of Aretha Franklin‘s back catalog have spiked nearly 1600% following her death Thursday at age 76, Billboard reports.  

On Thursday alone, sales of Franklin’s albums and digital song downloads rose from 8,000 the previous day to a whopping 134,000. Digital song downloads accounted for 89% of sales, with 115,000 songs. Physical album sales totaled 19,000 units.

Here are Aretha Franklin’s top-selling songs on August 16:


“Respect” (16,000)
“A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” (13,000)
“I Say a Little Prayer” (10,000)
“Chain of Fools” (8,000)
“Think” (8,000)
“Freeway of Love” (4,000)
“Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” (4,000)
“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (with George Michael) (4,000)
“I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” (3,000)
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” (3,000)

And here are Aretha’s top-selling albums on August 16:

30 Greatest Hits (10,000)
Amazing Grace (2,000)
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)
Soul Queen (1,000)
The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)

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